New York Post Goes Schizo on Sotomayor

The New York Post cannot contain its excitement about our new Hispanic Supreme Court nominee! The millions of Hispanic people in NYC are encouraged to pick up a copy right away, and celebrate! The white rednecks of NYC are also encouraged to pick up a copy, for routine conservative sneering.

This is what happens when you're a tabloid trying to sell papers to a city with politics opposite from yours. The cover is a celebration of Sonia Sotomayor—she's from the Bronx, just like you! There's a glowing softie profile. And a story on her "Life of Truth and Justice," so heroic!

Then there's the part where the Post takes care of its natural inclination, which is to hate Sonia Sotomayor and all she stands for. Rich Lowry has Xeroxed the Republican talking points and pasted them directly in every issue of the Post, with Elmer's; then there's the paper's own editorial. They're not as sure as their own cover that this whole "Latina lady" thing is going to work out:

Diversity for thee, but not for me — right, Mr. President?...

The judge once said: "A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

Given that she's the only Latina on the court, this doesn't bode well for reaching agreement with her fellow justices.

Cognitive dissonance: buy several copies of the Post and read all about it!